Alarm clock didn’t go off, tram arrived late, traffic congestion – those are the typical reasons why some people arrive late to work. Employers and employees understand that the polite range for being late is 15 minutes. Sometimes, however, people come even later than that
Here are five most popular reasons why people come late to work:
1.Overslept – alarm clock did not go off, phone battery died, failed to hear the alarm clock;
2.Traffic congestion – traffic in the city can be unpredictable. Nearly every day some of our colleagues get stuck in traffic jams caused by construction work or accidents.
3.Going to a doctor’s – people and children tend to get sick in winter. Visiting a doctor in such cases is necessary. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to avoid coming late to work in such cases.
4.Car problems. Nothing lasts forever, and sometimes our trusty cars break down at the most inappropriate times.
5.Children. Parents often have to take their children to school in person. Sometimes parents want to spend more time with their children in the morning and sometimes there are child-related problems that need to be resolved. Every parent has had to deal with situations like that at some point.
Sometimes, people mention the strangest reasons for coming late to work. Here are some of the most unusual reasons:
1.Helped an elderly lady find a public transport stop in the morning.
2.Saved a gull while going to work. Found a gull while going to work. It could not fly. Thought it was strange and decided to save it. Tried catching it to see what’s wrong. Decided to call a veterinarian to save the bird. The veterinarian arrived and took the bird. Later learned the bird could not be helped.
3.These things happen in my line of work! «My mother once forgot she had to go to work (works shifts in hospital – every +/- 3 days). Confusing dates and receiving calls from colleagues often results in people rushing to work. Sometimes people go to work when they don’t have to.»
4.A story about car problems. «Winter outside. Was driving on Cable-stayed Bridge whey I noticed the car veering to one side. Stopped, got out, looker around – front tire ruptured. Found a pair of scissors in the ruptured tire (who the hell would throw scissors on the bridge?!?)! Had to replace the tire with freezing hands. Other drivers were ‘kind enough’ to run over my warning sign, almost hit me on the head when they were passing by as I was working on the tire. Arrived to work one hour late as a result.»
5.Another reason – «Won’t come to work today. Have to spend the day helping grandfather chop firewood.»
6.Finally, a simple and piquant reason – absent due to making love.
We are people and we often make mistakes. People who do nothing make no mistakes. If you do come late, be honest about the reasons!